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EXCLUSIVE: NBC Passing on Rob Thomas Comedy 'Temp'?

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 4th 2011 4:20PM
Rob ThomasThose looking forward to enjoying the wry sense of humor the men behind 'Party Down' became famous for in NBC's 'Temp,' don't hold your breath.

The project from John Enbom, Dan Etheridge and Rob Thomas received a put-pilot order from NBC in August, but a source tells me it "looks like 'Temp' is not getting a pick-up."

In August, Thomas, who also created 'Veronica Mars,' told me the trio started work on 'Temp' when they learned Starz was passing on a season 3 of the beloved and criminally under-watched 'Party Down.'

"The show is similar to 'Party Down' in the sense that there's a new job each week, but unlike 'Party Down,' we actually see the home life of our main characters," Thomas said in August. "It has more of a 'Mary Tyler Moore' home life / work life dynamic, except the job changes from week to week."

Sounds awesome, right? Total bummer that we won't get to see it. According to Variety, NBC gave them a put-pilot order, meaning if the pilot does not go to air, the network has to pay penalty fees.

A request to NBC for confirmation has not been answered yet.

However, fans of Thomas and Enbom's style of comedy fear not! The two have new pilots in the works. Thomas is hard at work on a Fox pilot called 'Little in Common.' The single-camera comedy follows three families who are united by Little League sports.

According to Deadline Hollywood, Enbom's NBC comedy, 'Free Agents,' is based on a romantic comedy from the United Kingdom about two co-workers who are on the rebound.

Tell us: Were you looking forward to 'Temp'?


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